It is October 1 and the PSAT is given at high schools everywhere this month to help students prepare for the SAT and also to qualify for a National Merit scholarship. Make sure your current high school junior takes the PSAT THIS YEAR. In order to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program, students must test in their junior year if they will be in high school for four years from grades 9-12.
According to the National Merit Program, "because a student can participate (and be considered for a scholarship) in only one specific competition year, the year in which the student takes the PSAT/NMSQT to enter the competition is very important. 1. Students who plan to spend the usual four years in high school (grades 9 through 12) before entering college full time must take the qualifying test in their third year of high school (grade 11, junior year)."